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ripple effect

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noun
  1. a spreading effect or series of consequences caused by a single action or event.
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Origin of ripple effect

First recorded in 1965–70
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dispersiondisseminationsprawl

British Dictionary definitions for ripple effect

ripple effect

noun
  1. the repercussions of an event or situation experienced far beyond its immediate location
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